Allan Strong Appointed to Vermont Endangered Species Committee
- By Shari Halik
Rubenstein School Associate Professor and Associate Dean Allan Strong (WFB '83) was recently nominated by Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources Deb Markowitz and appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin to the Vermont Endangered Species Committee. The committee advises the Secretary on “all matters relating to endangered and threatened species, including whether to alter the lists of endangered and threatened species and how to protect those species.”
"With Allan's strong academic background in biodiversity he will be an important addition to the Endangered Species Committee,” acknowledges Deb Markowitz. “I am so glad he has agreed to take time from his busy schedule to join this important board.”
Allan will advise the state on Vermont’s wildlife species during his three year term. For the past ten years, Allan has been a member of the state’s Scientific Advisory Group on birds. This group advises the Endangered Species Committee. Allan will continue to work on both committees.
“I bring the science side of things to the table,” explains Allan, “for example, an understanding of population dynamics and risk assessment. This is what we live for in the Rubenstein School – to enable our science to make a difference in policy.”
Allan is a bird expert and enthusiast. His passion for birding throughout ecosystems of Vermont and the Northeast goes hand in hand with his quest to conserve and improve habitat for his feathered friends.
"If you've ever been birding with Allan, or even talked about birding with Allan, you know what a treasure he is for the State of Vermont," says Jon Erickson, Interim Dean of the Rubenstein School. "His counsel to the State is informed by nationally recognized research and decades of public outreach."
Allan's research focuses on understanding the influences of habitat quality for birds in the Northeast. "Much of my work involves quantifying factors that influence food availability," Allan explains, “understanding effects of habitat modification (by ski resorts, urbanization, and agricultural practices) on bird populations, investigating the ecology of high elevation bird species, and assessing interactions of bird species with other wildlife and plant species."